Geek Of The Week: Herb Deutsch

Geek Of The Week: Herb Deutsch

In looking back through previous GOTWs, I realized I featured Bob Moog in 2012 and Don Buchla in 2015. Together, these two are commonly considered the fathers of the modern synthesizer. Former GOTW Morton Subotnick helped promote Buchla’s invention and this week’s GOTW, Herb Deutsch did the same for Moog. I can’t believe I forgot to feature him before now, especially since Moogfest ‘17 just concluded yesterday. Let’s rectify that problem right now. icon wink Geek Of The Week: Herb Deutsch

At a young age, Deutsch realized he had a musical aptitude and started composing. He purchased one of Bob Moog’s early Theremin kits and that was his first exposure to making electronic music. The two men met at a conference in 1963 and started working together on Moog’s iconic modular synthesizer. Reportedly, it was Deutsch who had the idea to use a black and white piano-style keyboard. Some people debate this move, but it is what made Moog famous. Deutsch also composed the first piece on a Moog synthesizer, Jazz Images – A Worksong and Blues. He has continued to write and perform music, in addition to educating others. He’s definitely a worthy GOTW and long overdue.

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